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  • UV Design Story: Vintage Style Barbie-Inspired Swimsuit

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    Look familiar?  Here at Unique Vintage, it doesn’t get much more fabulous than the original diva herself- Barbie. When she was first introduced in 1959, she arrived on the scene in two incarnations; a bombshell brunette and the stunning blonde we have come to know and love.  Her first outfit?

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    A knock-out black and white chevron bathing suit, complete with a matching pair of sunglasses and heels! A gal who has accessorized accordingly for over 50 years is good in our book!

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    In the Spring of 2012, the UV team turned our eyes toward this icon for one of our latest swimsuit designs and the Navy & White Dinah One Piece was born!  Inspired by Barbie’s original swimsuit, this fantastic chevron pattern is a perfect addition to the UV line.  The gorgeous vintage-inspired one piece bathing suit features a very flattering halter top, complete with a V-neckline and scoop back.  The chevron design is not only an homage to our friend Barbie, but the shape of the pattern slims the silhouette, flattering every woman's figure and making this number 100% beach ready.

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    Now that you have a little history to go along with your new summer suit, grab your lipstick and your heels and make Barbie proud when you hit those waves, darlings.

  • Swimwear: Retro Polka Dot Swimsuits

    The sun is shining and the beach is calling! Do you know what that means? It’s time to decide what kind of suit you want to spend your sun bathing and pool partying hours in this season. Choosing your swimsuit can be a big fashion decision, but don't fret...we're here to help! We’re thinking polka dots, lots of polka dots this time around! Whether you’re planning on showing off your tan summer bod in a vintage-inspired one piece, a sexy retro high-waisted bikini, or a more conservative skirted suit, we definitely have the look for you!

    Polka dotted retro one-piece swimsuits are a great way to go this summer! If you’re style is light and cutesy, go with our Blue & Pink Polka Dot & Stripes Halter Swimsuit. This 50s style one-piece is a fabulously darling way to strut your stuff in the sun. Were you hoping to stay a little more classically dotty this summer? Then go with our Black & White Polka Dot Betty One Piece Bathing Suit. The ruching in the mid section makes for an ultra flattering fit and the small-scale polka dots are subtly fabulous! Next, a big bow AND polka dots…need we say more? Our 50’s Style Turquoise & Black Bow Tank One Piece Swimsuit is an adorable suit for any sunny day!

    Bathing Suit 1: Blue & Pink Polka Dot & Stripes Halter Swimsuit

    Bathing Suit 2: Black & White Polka Dot Betty One Piece Bathing Suit

    Bathing Suit 3: 50s Style Turquoise & Black Bow Tank One Piece Swimsuit

     

    Don’t be afraid to show a little skin in a retro two-piece polka dot bathing suit. Our Red & White Polka Dot Monroe Two Piece Swimsuit does a perfect job of showing off your fabulous self. Its bright color and adorable fit makes this suit the go to look this swim season. Our 50s Style Black and Red Polka Dot Bikini is another great way to go. The black and red combo is super cute and the vintage-inspired style is way too fabulous to pass up! For another great swim look, go with our 50s Style Yellow & Black Polka Dot Two Piece Swimsuit. The boy short bottoms and the bandeau top help put a contemporary spin on this vintage inspired classic.

    Bathing Suit 1: Red & White Polka Dot Monroe Two Piece Swimsuit

    Bathing Suit 2: 50s Style Black and Red Polka Dot Bikini

    Bathing Suit 3: 50s Style Yellow & Black Polka Dot Two Piece Swimsuit

     

    Listen up, ladies! We’re about to throw something your way that you never saw coming. That’s right, swimdresses! This adorable one piece style is a little more conservative with a slightly longer skirted bottom, but is completely flirty and feminine. The swimdress style is meant to look like an adorable dress, but is actually a one piece bathing suit! No need for cover-ups on this one, darlings! This 1940’s White & Black Polka Dot Cabana Bathingsuit With Aqua Panel is a great swimdress option. With the pop of color in the middle and the undeniably beautiful fit, we don’t expect you to resist! Our Aqua & Red Polka Dot Betsey Swimsuit is another great option for you ladies who are interested in a cute, but covered look. Our 50s Style Red & White Dotted Swimdress is also a darling way to sport the swimdress style. Classic and ultra feminine!

    Bathing Suit 1: 1940s White & Black Polka Dot Cabana Bathingsuit With Aqua Panel 

    Bathing Suit 2: Aqua & Red Polka Dot Betsey Swimsuit

    Bathing Suit 3: 50s Style Red & White Dotted Swimdress

        

    Don’t forget about accessorizing, ladies! Our Navy Polka Dot Large Brimmed Hat is a great polka dotted addition to any beach look! And look at these shoes. That’s right, darlings—polka dot heels! It’s hard to go wrong on this one. Try our Black & White Polka Dot Frilled Slingback Heels to pull together any sunny look!

    Hat: Navy Polka Dot Large Brimmed Hat

    Shoes: Black & White Polka Dot Frilled Slingback Heels

    Whether you’re planning on sunbathing in a cute vintage-inspired one-piece bathing suit, relaxing by the pool in a sexy dotted high-waisted bikini, or attending the hottest summer barbecues in a charming polka dot swimdress, we certainly have the looks for you. And please ladies, don't forget the accessories! A wise woman once said, "the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize". Amen!        

  • Vintage Inspired Fashion - Project Runway's Kenley Collins Collaborates with Unique Vintage!

    Ever since we first came across retro fashion designer Kenley Collins when she made her reality television debut on Project Runway back in 2008, we knew we had to work with this quirky, colorful chic. There are few contestants from all the seasons of Project Runway that truly left any lasting impression on audiences and Kenley is definitely one of them. Thankfully, the feelings were mutual!

    With her cute, sassy attitude and definitive fashion aesthetic, Kenley came to UV's HQ last September to collaborate on an exclusive design just for us! The Brooklyn, NY native just happened to be in LA for the Emmys (if you're a fan of the show, you'll remember when Ven won the Emmy dress challenge with Kenley and they both got to attend the award ceremony? It was right around then).

     

     

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  • Vintage Inspired Fashion - The Fabulous Fei Fei Sun

    If you don’t know the name Fei Fei Sun, then you are in for a charming treat.  The Chinese born model is gracing the pages of Vogue Italia and giving us subsequent chills in the process.  In a spread that evokes a 1960’s Camelot sensibility, the cover is a striking Houndstooth print, complimented by the work of a clearly very gifted hairstylist.  This flawless cover is only the beginning. Let us walk you through the many ways that this spread screams vintage-inspired fashion.

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  • Oscar Looks For Less - Behind the Scenes of a Fashion News Segment!

    There's not much that can get your adrenaline pumping like a live television segment! This past Tuesday, we had the unique pleasure of experiencing that rush when five of our models showed off several Oscar "Looks for Less" on FOX TV's Los Angeles' morning news program "Good Day LA". While the segment went off without a hitch and was over in just a matter of minutes, getting ready for our spotlight was another story!

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  • Oscar Looks for Less on Good Day LA!

    Well, Hollywood's elite may have played dress up this past Sunday night at the 85th Academy Awards, but the sensational model brigade of Unique Vintage got to strut their own stuff for the camera today on FOX's morning show, Good Day LA! Devon, Kylie, Ashley, Taylor and Amanda smiled, waved and stunned their viewers in a dazzling array of gowns, all of which are remarkably similar to the styles worn on the red carpet. The reason for this incredible honor? Our dresses are just a small fraction of the cost. So there. Amanda Seyfried, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Garner and Catherine Zeta-Jones...the next time you need a fancy frock, check these out:

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